Value incommensurability

Steven R. Smith

in Equality and diversity

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426079
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302209 | DOI:
Value incommensurability

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This chapter explores the specific character of individual attachments as related to the value incommensurability. The central claim in this chapter is that understanding individual attachments opens up conceptual and normative space for promoting value incommensurability, given that individuals will attach themselves to a range of specific ‘valued objects’ that are often incommensurable. Topics discussed include: value incommensurability and ‘covering values’; values and quantity versus quality; Platonic and Nietzchean viewpoints on value incommensurability; accidents, attachments and the creation of value or meaning; and regret and incommensurability.

Keywords: individual attachments; value incommensurability; valued objects; covering values; creation of value; incommensurability

Chapter.  13841 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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